Diet For Weight Loss

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There are so many weight loss diet plans available that it is difficult to decide which one to use. The guiding factor should be to find a healthy plan. The generally accepted figure for healthy weight loss is 1-2 lbs a week which equates to about 3,500-7000 calories. Using these figures, a person who wishes to lose 2 lbs a week should cut about 1000 calories from their daily diet. Calorie counting however, can become very tedious very quickly.

There are many diet plans claiming that if you use their system, you can lose much more than 2 lbs a week. The claims may or may not be true, I don’t need weight loss diets myself, but I do research them for others. I have seen all types of diets work for some people and I have seen the same diet plan work for one person but not another. As with most physically related things, I think It all comes down to body type and dedication (or lack of dedication).

Weight loss can be achieved without a purchased diet plan but you have to do the research for yourself and this can be very time consuming. Basically, sugars and starchy foods should be cut back substantially, make sure that you eat foods containing protein and fats, and make sure to exercise. Eat fats for weight loss? the short answers is that fats are not all the same and some are beneficial to health. Saturated fats can occur naturally in meat and dairy products, unsaturated fats come from plants, vegetables, olives, nuts, and seeds and some fish. Trans fats can occur naturally in certain foods and meat. The artificial trans fat (hydrogenated) in some foods, normally heavily processed, is not healthy and should be avoided. I work on the theory that naturally occurring fats in food can’t be all that bad, but everything should be done in moderation and be wary of any processed food that has “light” or “low fat” printed on the packaging.

Weight training is a great exercise for weight loss. To lose weight, a body must burn more calories than it uses and after a weight training session, the body continues to burn calories. As you add more muscle, you should find it easier to attain and keep to your target weight because muscle burns more calories than fat during the day.

Men seem to lose weight more easily than women and this observation is backed up by science. Men have more lean muscle tissue than women and the muscle tissue burns more calories than fat. Studies have found that the different results, between men and women are very obvious at the start of the diet program but tend to even out over the longer term.

Another issue with weight loss in the present day, is the quality of our food. Science has been tinkering with natural produce and the results on food quality are not really fully known. We can only do our best to find the most natural of products to consume.

The conclusion I have arrived at regarding diets is to stay away from a diet program that promotes  only one type of constituent such as fat, protein or carbohydrates while cutting out others almost completely. I tend to like the programs which have a more balanced approach and also suggest that exercise should be completed along with the dietary component. My key components to a great weight loss program are healthy food with a traditional balance of protein, carbs and fats, exercise, primarily resistance training and the determination to succeed.

 

 

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Water For Health

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Is drinking water necessary for good health?, the answer is yes, but the water that you drink needs to be as pure as possible. It seems that obtaining untainted food and drink is virtually impossible today but just by attempting to obtain the most high quality, natural food and drink products will help.

Water makes up approximately 60% of the male adult body and 55% of the female adult body. We are constantly losing water from our bodies throughout the day and this needs to be replaced. An average human loses 4.5 to 6.5 lbs of water during the day through exhalation, perspiration, urination and consumption of heavily processed foods.

 

How Much Water?

The general health industry advice is 8 ounces of water, 8 times a day. There is a wide range of views on daily intake from independent researchers but the 8 ounces, 8 times a day seems to be a minimum. Studies have shown that we cannot survive more that a few days without drinking water but we can survive for a few weeks without food. The required daily water intake for maximum bodily efficiency is (as is most everything else in life) highly dependent on the individual.

Can I Drink Too Much Water?

Studies say yes. The medical term for this is Hyponatremia ( low sodium in the blood) and this can occur due to the amount of water you drink over a short period of time rather than the total amount during a day. In basic terms, a large amount of water consumed in a short period of time will lower blood sodium levels and could, in the most severe cases, lead to death. I would think that moderation is the key to avoiding this issue.

The Purity of Water

There are many factors affecting the purity of our drinking water. The Municipal supply to our houses and businesses has chemicals added to it due to the “purification process” and the pipes carrying the water can also add unwanted chemicals into the supply. Fluoride is added to many Municipal water supplies. The Fluoride is added to prevent tooth decay but there are rumors that it is not effective in preventing this. Some Countries have banned, rejected or stopped fluoridation of their water supply. China has banned it’s use, most Western European countries have stopped fluoridation and Japan has rejected it’s use due to it’s toxicity. My opinion?, I would rather that Fluoride was left out of the water supply and I’ll take care of my teeth myself.

Obtaining Pure Water

I have researched this topic in a casual manner on and off. I buy bottled “spring” water from the local grocery stores to drink and use for cooking but I know that the quality ranges from good, to variable, to suspect.  The “spring” water is usually packaged in plastic bottles and the chemicals in the plastic can tend to leech into the water. The claim of “pure spring water” in bottled water products has been shown to be suspect in certain cases and the Fluoride content is unknown. I think that the only sure way of obtaining the purest water is to filter it yourself. There are several companies that supply whole house filters for residential use and these filters can remove heavy metals, pharmaceutical residue, fluoride, bacteria and more. The best, most effective filter systems are expensive but do I aim to install one eventually.

Conclusion

The body needs water and at the end of the day, drinking any water ( that is not infected) is better than not drinking it. We should strive to drink the purest, most untainted water daily, but this can be expensive, time consuming and involve much research. My personal opinion is that drinking water in it’s basic form, not in the form of coffee, tea, flavored drinks etc, is essential. If you are carry out fitness training or have a physical job, then my experience tells me that you need more than the 8 ounces, 8 times a day in order to function efficiently. It is a pity that we can’t get the pure drinking water that we need to function at optimum performance easily, but “it is what it is”.

Free E Books

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The Free E Book website Has been closed down and the links will no longer work

 

Here are some links to Free and/or Voluntary Contribution E Books, You will also find a free E Book section in my RESOURCES section in due course. My aim is to categorize the books for your easy reference, in keeping with my main theme of Living Free.

With the kind permission of Nicholas at oceanofpdf.com

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“Think and Grow Rich is a motivational personal development and self-help book written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by a suggestion from Scottish-American businessman Andrew Carnegie. While the title implies that this book deals only with how to get rich, the author explains that the philosophy taught in the book can be used to help people succeed in all lines of work and to do or be almost anything they want”

 

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“In The Kinfolk Entrepreneur, author Nathan Williams introduces readers to 40 creative business owners around the globe, offering an inspiring, in-depth look behind the scenes of their lives and their companies. Pairing insightful interviews with striking images of these men and women and their workspaces, The Kinfolk Entrepreneur makes business personal. The book profiles both budding and experienced entrepreneurs across a broad range of industries (from fashion designers to hoteliers) in cities across the globe (from Copenhagen to Dubai). Readers will learn how today’s industry leaders handle both their successes and failures, achieve work-life balance, find motivation in the face of adversity, and so much more”.

 

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“You have the incredible potential to be, do, and receive whatever you desire, imagine, and truly believe. Unfortunately, however, only a small number of people achieve their full human potential, because they fail to recognize and harness the infinite power of the subconscious mind—the divinity within them and around them. The secret to success is no secret. It has been in practice for thousands of years. The most successful people throughout history are not those who merely accept the reality presented to them but those who imagine a better reality and believe in it so deeply that they are actually able to create a new reality—to change the state of being around them. In this book, you discover how to create your own new reality through desire, imagination, and belief: Part 1: Affirmation Essentials: Here you discover how to plant thoughts into your subconscious mind, so it can begin to work miracles in transmuting your thoughts into reality, often with little or no effort on your part. Part 2: Weekly Affirmations: These 52 weekly affirmations empower you to improve every aspect of your life, including your health, wealth, relationships, marriage, and career. Each weekly affirmation is accompanied by commentary that places the affirmation in the context of real life, so you can more clearly imagine and start appreciating the new reality you are about to experience. Part 3: More Techniques for Planting Thoughts in the Subconscious Mind: These additional techniques enable you to plant thoughts in your subconscious mind and crystalize your vision. The more clearly and distinctly you are able to imagine yourself being, doing, or receiving that which you desire, the more certain your desire will be fulfilled. Part 4: Unlock the Infinite Power Within You: Part 4 reveals the principles upon which the practice is based and relates true stories of people who solved problems, healed themselves and others, saved lives, improved relationships, achieved career success, and attracted wealth, through the power of affirmation. Part 4 also reveals the role the subconscious mind plays in out-of-body experiences, extrasensory perception, mental telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, remote viewing, and other psychic powers. This book is your personal guide to leading a happier, wealthier, and more fulfilling life. By following the guidance offered here, you can stop going through life as a victim of circumstances and become the master of your own destiny. You discover how to harness the power of your own mind and the infinite resources surrounding you to be, do, and receive whatever you desire, imagine, and believe.”

 

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“When it comes to creating the life you want, Shakti Gawain literally wrote the book. Now considered a classic, Creative Visualization teaches readers how to use their imaginations to manifest their deepest desires”.

 

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“Learn the secrets to obtaining Bruce Lee’s astounding physique with this insightful martial arts training book. The Art of Expressing the Human Body, a title coined by Bruce Lee himself to describe his approach to martial arts, documents the techniques he used so effectively to perfect his body for superior health and muscularity. Beyond his martial arts and acting abilities, Lee’s physical appearance and strength were truly astounding. He achieved this through an intensive and ever-evolving conditioning regime that is being revealed for the first time in this book. Drawing on Lee’s notes, letters, diaries and training logs, Bruce Lee historian John Little presents the full extent of Lee’s unique training methods including nutrition, aerobics, isometrics, stretching and weight training. In addition to serving as a record of Bruce Lee’s training, The Art of Expressing the Human Body, with its easy-to-understand and simple-to-follow training routines, is a valuable source book for those who seek dramatic improvement in their health, conditioning, physical fitness, and appearance. This Bruce Lee Book is part of the Bruce Lee Library which also features: Bruce Lee: Striking Thoughts Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu Bruce Lee: Artist of Life Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon Bruce Lee: Jeet Kune Do”, ( in Russian).

 

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“Kayla Itsines Director The Bikini Body Training Company Pty Ltd I began my study in 2008 at the Australian Institute of Fitness. Upon completing the AIF Master Trainer course, I began working at a female-only personal training center in Adelaide, South Australia. Soon after, I started my own business called The Bikini Body Training Company Pty Ltd. and from there it began! After such an amazing response to my business in the first 6 months, I began to build an online presence via Instagram and Facebook that essentially became my blog. This is where I started to upload client transformations, healthy eating ideas and some training tips for all the women I couldn’t reach around the world. In 2012, I also teamed up with my partners company, Fresh Fitness Solutions (founded in 2011), so we could run boot camps in order to service MORE women who wanted our help. It is now 2013 and we pride ourselves on our bikini body training, helpful nutrition guidelines and most importantly, continuing to help our clients achieve incredible, life changing results. Together, we hope to continue bringing life changing experiences to more and more women around the world! Including YOU”

 

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“This is not your run-of-the-mill fitness book. Developed by world-renowned gluteal expert Bret Contreras, Strong Curves offers an extensive fitness and nutrition guide for women seeking to improve their physique, function, strength, and mobility. Contreras spent the last eighteen years researching and field-testing the best methods for building better butts and shapelier bodies. In Strong Curves, he offers the programs that have proven effective time and time again with his clients, allowing you to develop lean muscle, rounded glutes, and greater confidence. Each page is packed with information decoding the female anatomy, providing a better understanding as to why most fitness programs fail to help women reach their goals. With a comprehensive nutritional guide and over 200 strength exercises, this book gets women off the treadmill and furnishes their drive to achieve strength, power, and sexy curves from head to toe. Although the glutes are the largest and most powerful muscle group in the human body, they often go dormant due to lifestyle choices, leading to a flat, saggy bum. Strong Curves is the cure”.

 

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“From the Introduction: “In 1970, Bruce sustained a rather sever injury to his back. His doctors ordered him to discontinue the practice of martial arts and to remain in bed to allow his back heal. This was probably the most trying and dispiriting time in Bruce’s life. He stayed in bed, virtually flat on his back for six months, but he couldn’t keep his mind from working – the result of which is this book.” Linda Lee “Jeet Kune Do, you see, has no definite lines or boundaries – only those you make yourself.” Gilbert L Johnson

 

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“From elite bodybuilding competitors to gymnasts, from golfers to fitness gurus, anyone who works out with weights must own this book—a book that only Arnold Schwarzenegger could write, a book that has earned its reputation as “the bible of bodybuilding.” Inside, Arnold covers the very latest advances in both weight training and bodybuilding competition, with new sections on diet and nutrition, sports psychology, the treatment and prevention of injuries, and methods of training, each illustrated with detailed photos of some of bodybuilding’s newest stars. Plus, all the features that have made this book a classic are here: -Arnold’s tried-and-true tips for sculpting, strengthening, and defining each and every muscle to create the ultimate buff physique -The most effective methods of strength training to stilt your needs, whether you’re an amateur athlete or a pro bodybuilder preparing for a competition -Comprehensive information on health, nutrition, and dietary supplements to help you build muscle, lose fat, and maintain optimum energy -Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries -Strategies and tactics for competitive bodybuilders from selecting poses to handling publicity -The fascinating history and growth of bodybuilding as a sport, with a photographic “Bodybuilding Hall of Fame” -And, of course, Arnold’s individual brand of inspiration and motivation throughout Covering every level of expertise and experience, The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding will help you achieve your personal best. With his unique perspective as a seven-time winner of the Mr. Olympia title and all international film star, Arnold shares his secrets to dedication, training, and commitment, and shows you how to take control of your body and realize your own potential for greatness”.

 

Watching The News

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Is daily consumption of News from TV, newspapers,  the internet and any other source bad for your health?.

The theory that what you think about most is what you become, would suggest that a person should avoid the daily consumption of News, and only absorb it when necessary. A few years ago, it became apparent to many people that the mainstream News organizations all had their own particular agenda and that each of those News outlets presented topics favorable to their agenda in a positive manner and did the opposite to topics on their blacklist. Even with bias, I would guess that 90% of all mainstream News is negative in some manner.

I think that initially, the online News websites, blogs etc, attempted to broadcast impartial news, but once this ultramodern form of News dissemination became popular and was recognized to possess some power, many of the internet News services seem to have been co-opted into taking sides, co-opted by who and for what purpose?,  well I don’t know.

The majority of the News is negative, and this is why it is probably bad for a person’s health. If a person can use affirmations, both visual and audio, to change their core thought processes resulting in positive, productive, life changing results then watching a daily stream of negativity and fear producing material on the TV can be assumed to have the power to influence the individual in a  negative, unproductive and life changing (for the worse) manner. 

In his book, “Think And Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill wrote “Our brains become magnetized with the dominating thoughts which we hold in our minds, and by means with which no man is familiar, these “magnets” attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts”. The author is basically stating that we attract what we think about most, so after a person’s daily (or more) mainly negative News programming, what conditions will they attract into their lives?.

I am not suggesting that anyone should become one of those annoying hyper positive neurotics that one meets from time to time, but it has been stated time and again in various different ways that “you are what you think”  by many respected people, so be mindful of what you think about. 

Test the theory for yourself and do not watch or read any News for 30 days and then evaluate your health after this period. Just about everything in the News broadcasts are beyond our control anyway and if an item is negative, knowing that the extent of our individual influence over the situation is just to “know” about it, creates even more negative vibrations within the mind and body. Sometimes it is better not to know certain things in order to not have to process them through our minds.

What do you think?

 

 

My Trading Style

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Here is a quick breakdown of my style of trading (Forex).

The red horizontal lines are support and resistance. These are prices that have been hard to get above or below in the recent past. When a price approaches support or resistance, there is more chance that the price will reverse it’s current trend, so it should be watched.

The chart uses Japanese candlesticks to record price. There are other styles of displaying price available. A red candle indicates that price is falling, a green candle indicates price rising.

My profit to loss ratio is a minimum of 1.5. If I can get more, I will, but I will not take a trade lower than this ratio.

Chart

  1. The candle approaches the support line, and the 2 candles with the long lower tails indicate to me that prices are likely to rise.
  2. I place a long trade to buy at 1.23856, with a stop/loss at 1.22119 and an initial “take profit” target at 1.25957.
  3. I place my stop/loss below the long tail on the last candle before price rises to make it harder for it to be reached but still keep to my profit to loss ratio.
  4. The price falls after the initial rise and makes me nervous but it doesn’t stop me out and I leave it alone to see what price will do next.
  5. Price rises again, falters for a couple of days, but eventually continues on up and triggers my “take proft” (sell order).

Any candles that are in the green area between the times that I bought and sold mean that I have profit. If they are in the red area, I am at a loss, but unless price goes lower that my stop/loss order I stay in the trade.

As you can see (in hindsight), price continued to rise significantly after I took my profit and closed out the trade and would have made me a huge profit if I had stayed in the trade but I decided to take my profit before price hit the next red resistance line.

The actual profit all depends on how many units you are trading, for example 10,000 units could have made about $200 profit, 100,000 could have made $2000. The chart is showing daily prices where each candle represents one day of price movement. This trade took 10 days to hit my sell order and produce the profit that I desired. $200 profit for 10 days is ok, $2000 for 10 days is great. The size of the contract can be scaled up or down depending on the size of your trading account.

Traders usually trade on margin which basically means that the trader only needs a small percentage of the total trade value in their trading account in order to place the trade. This allows the trader to have much larger trades than would be possible without margin. Each broker has their own limits and policies for margin trades.

I caution you not to trade anything until you have found, and you are comfortable with a trading style. It does not really matter which style/system you use as long as it works for you and keeps you in profit. You will have to investigate different systems  in order to find the one that you like. If you don’t know where to start CLICK HERE for several trading styles

Quit Smoking

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The ultimate smoking alternative is quitting, it is not an easy option however. I have attempted to quit several times but I admit that I did not try very hard. One attempt involved hypnosis and this did not work at all for me. The hypnotist did manage to make smoking taste bad for a few days but I worked through it. Another attempt was with the use of nicotine gum. The gum took the edge of the craving but was not satisfying enough to replace a cigarette.  The thing that worked for me was electronic cigarettes. I count this only as a partial quit because I still get my nicotine through a vapor but I don’t get any of the tobacco by-products, such as tar. The vapor has unknown health effects at this time but so far, studies seem to indicate that the vapor is significantly less dangerous than tobacco smoke.

Nicotine is said to alter the balance of two chemicals, dopamine and noradrenaline in your brain. Nicotine changes the levels of these chemicals in the brain and many smokers find this effect enjoyable. When you inhale the nicotine, it rushes to your brain, where it produces feelings of pleasure and reduces stress and anxiety.  Many smokers enjoy the nicotine rush and become dependent on it. Other substances that may be added to the tobacco could also be addictive.

I have known former smokers who have successfully quit “cold turkey”, used nicotine gum or patches, received hypnosis treatment, have used self-hypnosis and affirmations or started with nicotine e cigs and scaled down the nicotine content over time to nothing. Whatever method the smoker used, it worked for him/her. The conclusion I have arrived at is that every person is different, with a different physiological and psychological makeup, so the successful smoking cessation method must match the individual. What works for one person will not necessarily work for another and it is a case of trial and error for the individual to find the successful method of quitting.

Some experts believe that nicotine is more addictive than heroin and cocaine, if this is true, then it is not surprising that it is so difficult for most people to quit smoking. I have known people who are occasional or social smokers, but they are few and far between.

Another factor to consider regarding smoking is the fact that companies are beginning to impose a substantial nicotine surcharge on the medical insurance of employees who smoke or use nicotine in any manner. It is not a good idea to assume that you will not be tested for nicotine and state that you do not use nicotine in order to avoid the surcharge because you face the possibility of being caught out and losing your medical coverage at a critical time for you. The only choice is to pay the surcharge if you are wise. I came across this issue once. The wording on the document was “are you a smoker”, I knew what they were up to, so I asked the benefits department if they counted vaping as smoking. Within a week, the wording on the document had been changed to “are you a nicotine user” and the surcharge was changed from a “tobacco surcharge” to a “nicotine surcharge”. This seems to be discrimination against smokers, and it is, but don’t worry, some other group is the next target, probably the overweight, just follow the money to ascertain the reason that these surcharges are appearing everywhere.

If you are considering quitting, good luck on finding the right method for you. I hope that you find your method fast, without wasting too much money on approaches that don’t work for you.

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Don’t Have All Of Your Eggs In One Basket

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Most of us have heard this idiom before but many people still rely on one place to supply all of their income. Doing this is a most dangerous example of putting all of your eggs in one basket.  Many of us are now aware that the conventions of the 1950’s and 1960’s don’t apply to the world of work anymore. Most employers will get rid of an employee for any reason that they deem advantageous, even the most loyal and hard-working of employees are subject to this, especially in the so-called “Right to work” states. The phrase “Right to work” sounds so great, insinuating that this law is about worker’s rights when in fact it is a union busting tactic and allows employers to dispense with an employee at will. The employee therefore should feel that he/she has the right to dispense with the employer’s employment at will, although you will not find this prominently displayed in any workplace.

Every person needs to evaluate their financial circumstances at regular intervals, which brings up another common phrase, that of saving for a rainy day. Everyone should save money from their income, even if it is only a couple of dollars a month. The act of saving will get you into the habit and hopefully the savings will dramatically increase as earnings increase.

Acting now to diversify your income will save you the potentially devastating consequences of losing your one job, that pays all of your bills, that puts food on the table and a roof over your head. I can think of several ways to take some of those eggs and put them into different baskets. One great way is to complete some contract work online. The work is not permanent and you need to work with multiple websites to ensure that cash keeps rolling in, If nothing else it may supply the money for a savings plan and if you keep at it, the jobs get more interesting and the pay can increase. Working “gigs” on websites like Fiverr is along similar lines, except for the fact that you are using your particular skills such as typing, internet marketing, graphic design etc. Both of these ideas have the potential to generate a full-time income and even a business. I have more information on my “Generating Money” page.

Part time work, after completing your full-time job puts another egg into another basket for you, if you have the energy. Some are well paid, it all depends on your skill set. In theory, this is a great way to diversify your income, the problem is that it is time-consuming and potentially very hard, but it is an option.

Starting your own business is a dream for many people. To be your own boss and reap the full rewards for your efforts is a wonderful and motivating goal. A business can be started while you still have a full-time job, this makes the transition into self employment a whole lot easier. The general advice for starting your own business is to pick the thing that you love to do and go for it. Failing that, use your individual skills to generate money for yourself.

The goal is to have multiple baskets, each containing one egg. Each basket represents an independent source of income. The dream of course is to receive passive income, the basket that holds the golden egg.  This is income that generates an inflow of cash month after month without a need for any labor. It requires an initial effort, but after that, you are enjoying another independent income stream, labor free.  Royalties from artistic works, affiliate marketing and pensions fit into this category.

This is a large topic and it is of particular interest to me. I will write much more about this area of interest frequently and give you insights into my experiences. My goal is to produce a comprehensive list of reliable leads for you in the near future, especially in the area of working online.

Until next time, take care and invest wisely.

 

US To UK Translations

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A look at some words that can cause confusion between Americans and the British.

 

U.S to U.K words.

CHIPS, in the U.S. this refers to potato chips, but chips in the U.K. are what Americans call fries. The British delicacy of fish and chips refers to a battered fish, normally Cod, with what Americans would describe as something similar to steak fries.

HOOD, as in the hood on a vehicle. The British call the vehicle hood the bonnet.

TRUNK, as in the trunk on a vehicle. The British call the trunk the boot.

PISSED, A pissed American is a very annoyed one but in the U.K. if you are pissed, you are falling down drunk.

RESTROOM, unknown in the U.K. If you need the restroom when in Britain, you’d better ask for the toilets if you are desparate.

ELEVATOR, the British don’t have elevators, they have lifts.

CANDY, Brits don’t eat candy, they eat sweets.

GAS, British vehicles don’t run on gas, they run on petrol which is why they have petrol stations and not gas stations.

STORE, the British generally make their purchases at a shop but they understand “store”.

PANTS, pants are trousers in the U.K.

JUMPER, British men wear jumpers, no, they are not wearing women’s clothing, they are wearing what Americans call a sweater.

TIRE, a tire is still a tire in the U.K. but it the British spelling is tyre.

FAG, this is not a derogatory term for a gay person in the U.K., it is slang for a cigarette.

TRACTOR-TRAILER, the British call them articulated lorries.

FREEWAY,   The British call them motorways.

APARTMENT, an apartment in the U.K. is called a flat.

Americans have a fascination with the British word WANKER. This is a very derogatory  expression in the U.K. It refers to a specific act but it is generally used to describe an unpleasant or stupid person.

 

U.K. Slang words. 

There are many regional differences in the use of slang in the U.K. These are mainly from South East England and London.

Crisps = the British name for potato chips

Spuds = potatoes

Whistle = A Cockney rhyming slang term derived from “whistle and flute” which means a men’s suit.

Apples and Pears =  Cockney rhyming slang for stairs.

Rub-a-Dub-Dub = pub

Merchant Banker = rhyming slang for wanker, you could also hear “ships anchor”, “Ricky and Bianca” etc. I personally like “merchant banker” because that term and “wanker” seem to go so well together.

Telly = TV

Dicky Dirt = shirt, (more rhyming slang).

Pigs Ear =  beer

Bloke =  roughly equivalent to guy or dude when referring to a particular man. Bloke is not used in the U.K. as a direct greeting to someone. “Hey dude” or “hey man” is ok, “hey bloke” is totally wrong and a Brit would think it was amusing.

Tomato =  it’s a tomato in both countries, just pronounced differently, more like tomayto in U.S. and tomarto in U.K. The British know what you are talking about if you say tomayto, but try saying  tomarto in the U.S.A. and you will get the big “huh?”.

I am Bilingual, I can speak British and American.

 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

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A nurse that I knew once, told me that the best way to treat a sore throat was to fill a glass with warm water, add a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to it, stir the mixture, gargle the mixture then swallow. I tried it and it worked. I have used this ever since for fast effective treatment whenever I have a sore throat. It kills any pain almost instantly and the treatment can be repeated if needed.

The substance has to be APPLE cider vinegar and it has to contain what is termed “the mother”. This is a cloudy substance that is removed from the vinegar if it is filtered. Anyone who intends to try this remedy must ensure that their apple cider vinegar is unfiltered and that it contains “the mother”. Apple cider vinegar with “the mother” is easy to find at large grocery stores.

Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits.

Hiccups. One teaspoon (straight)  can cure hiccups

Weight loss. Apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. The theory is that the acid reacts with the metabolism to aid weight loss.

Dandruff. Once again, the pH of the apple cider vinegar is supposed to react with the skin to kill the enzyme responsible for dandruff.

ACV for energy.  Amino acids in the apple cider vinegar react with the fatiguing acids that the body builds up when subjected to exercise and stress and cancel out those acids that cause the fatigue. The apple cider vinegar also contains potassium and some enzymes that help with fatigue.

There are many more uses for apple cider vinegar. I can say without doubt that it works with sore throats but for the rest?, you will have to experiment for yourself. The good thing is that even if it does not work for you, it will not do any harm.

There are whole books of apple cider vinegar remedies and recipes, CLICK HERE for more information

 

Aliens, Do They Exist?

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Do aliens exist?, I think that this depends upon each individuals perception of reality. Using the currently accepted paradigm, it would seem unrealistic to believe that there are no other planets in the universe capable of supporting intelligent life. There are supposed to be billions of stars in the universe with trillions of planets. Using those numbers, it would be arrogant to assume that humans are the only intelligent beings in existence.

There are many theories about aliens having played a part in human development. Some people believe that the pyramids were built by aliens who came to assist humans to evolve. Other theories suggest than it was aliens and not God who actually created us. There are many crazy sounding theories out there and because we do not know, any one of them could be true, it all depends on the individual receiving the information.

What about the theory that all matter is basically  frequencies vibrating at different speeds. This theory does not discount aliens as different frequencies and speeds occurring on other planets could materialize as aliens. This ties in to the idea that we all live in a matrix like environment. Quantum physics at this time appears to be supporting at least some of these ideas.

There are people who totally believe that the earth is flat. Some think that we live inside a sort of enclosed capsule covered by a dome that cannot be penetrated. These people naturally believe that we did not go to space and that the moon landings were faked. The flat earth believers think that God, or a benevolent all-powerful entity did create the world and life on earth, putting us at the center of creation.

Maybe there is someone out there that does know the truth about aliens, I certainly do not, do you?.  If aliens do exist, and they manage to travel to earth, we can assume that they are much more advanced than us in technology at a minimum and hopefully they are more spiritually advanced. I would hope that they would see that we need some assistance and supply us with renewable cheap energy, farming technology to allow us to feed the whole world cheaply ( I think that this already exists but business multi-nationals are just not into sharing), and inexpensive, efficient medical technology, but then again they may just want us all to assimilate and become the Borg or something similar, who knows.

Earning Extra Money

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We all need money, as much as we can get.  The ideal is to get more cash for less time input, that is the ideal unless you run a business, then time spent earning money is less painful. The term wage slavery springs to mind whenever I think of employment but there is a lot less pain involved when one considers the multitude of freelancing/ work from home opportunities that have been enabled by the internet. Here are a couple of  available opportunities that give you extra insight on opportunities that I have experienced. Freedom is the goal.

Once a person is established, some ideas could generate more money than a full time job but the down side to this form of generating money is that the contractor does not receive benefits such as medical cover, dental and vision, pension and other benefits found in a traditional employee benefits package.

Trading

An ideal way of generating money is stocks and shares but this is long term and will not immediately help to pay the monthly bills unless you have enough money to buy a lot of high dividend stocks which pay out dividends periodically throughout the year but it can be done. Trading is an option for shorter time gains, you can trade shares, options, Forex, Commodity Futures. All have some risk attached to them and there is no guarantee that you will make profit, even shares can lose value just as much as gain and you need to study the subject in order to make educated trades. There is a skill set to acquire before you can make money.

There are many methods of trading and each one can generate profit if the method is learned. I have found that you need to find the method that suits you best. The basics are technical trading and fundamental trading.  You can make profit on falling prices as well as rising prices depending on whether your position is short or long. The basic explanation for the technical trading system is that the trader uses price charts to find recurring patterns in order to place trades. The patterns can be found using analysis tools or just based on straight price action over time. Fundamental trading is based on news and events. A typical example could be the use of weather forecasts when trading a particular crop with futures. At the end of the day, trading has a lot of potential for profit but also a lot of potential for loss and one should understand this before starting.

Search Engine Evaluation

Leapforce

Leapforce is experiencing unprecedented demand and growth for qualified home-based independent agents. They are looking for highly educated individuals for an exciting work from home opportunity. Applicants must be self motivated and internet savvy. This is an opportunity to evaluate and improve search engine results for some of the world’s largest internet search engine companies. I have found that the work at Leapforce is interesting and pays around $13.50 per hour. US based agents cannot work more than 40 hours per week, if the work is available, but just 1 hour per day 7 days a week will pay $418.50 for a 31 day month. That money is quite respectable for something that only take an hour a day. CLICK HERE if you want to qualify.

Retire Early?

 

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Today, I have been having serious doubts about my decision to retire early. First on my list is that the retirement check is not enough. I knew this before retiring but the plan was to retire to allow us to move several hundred miles away from the big City in which we lived, to a much smaller City several hundred miles away. I planned to continue the same job in the smaller City and I did, for about 6 weeks until I could not stand it any longer.  The new job managed to perfectly blend the worst aspects of working in the 1970’s with the worst aspects of working in the present day. I doubt that it was planned that way but that’s the way it was and I couldn’t stand it, so with the small pension giving me a little more freedom than I had in the past, I politely told them to shove the job and went back to “retirement”. One day I will be specific about the profession that I was working in and I expect that you all will understand me better. All I am willing to say now is that the job can be dangerous and I was always coming into contact with crazy people and very emotionally needy people. Dealing with these people was not strictly part of the job, but over the decades, they have been unofficially added to the job responsibilities. The reason? who knows but I would guess that some smart ass somewhere figured out that he/she could add it to our job responsibilities and thereby save money by eliminating whole social services departments.

I also have a suspicion that I do not like small Cities. I have always liked to be an unknown when going about my business. This is the first time that I have lived in a small place and I am getting the impression that I cannot keep a low enough profile because it is small. Time will tell.

I was not particularly happy in the job that now supplies my retirement check, but I was known, knowledgeable about the job, knew all of those little procedures that are vital to the job but strangely never make it into the operating manual (funny how that works ?) and respected mostly. I had very serious doubts about retiring before I did so but my wife could not take the large crime ridden City anymore and she could take her job with her, so we took the chance that my employment would work out. For the last few weeks I have been applying for part-time jobs that require little thought. I have not received one positive reply, I have hardly received a reply at all. I only need a few dollars to make up my pension but it seems that I am not qualified for the most tedious and modest of jobs.

Tomorrow I will be back to looking for self employment ideas and testing them out, that would make me much happier anyway. As I test the contractor and self employment opportunities, I will let you all know the details and if it is worth trying.  My first contractor work will be Instacart, I will update the blog and the Generating Money page with the details. At this time, it looks ok and will probably generate more cash for less time worked than traditional employment as long as you don’t take benefits and social security payments into account.

Stay tuned for more info………..

Pensions, Are You Eligible?

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UK Armed Forces Preserved Pension

 

If you have served 2 years or more in the UK Armed Forces, you will be entitled to a pension. The age at which you can claim the pension depends upon various factors,

AFPS 75
AFPS 75 deferred pension member whose service ended before 6 April
2006, should claim their pensions, from Veterans UK, at age 60.

AFPS 75 deferred pension members whose service ended on or after 6 April
2006, but who had at least two years service before 6 April 2006, should claim
the proportion of their pension which relates to their pre 6 April 2006, service
at age 60 with the remainder becoming payable at age 65.

AFPS 05
AFPS 05 was introduced in 2005 and for those joining or rejoining the Regular
Armed Forces from 6 April 2005. Serving members of AFPS 75 were given
the opportunity to transfer to AFPS 05 by 6 April 2006.

AFPS 05 deferred pension members should claim their pensions from
Veterans UK at age 65

RFPS 05
RFPS 05 is a scheme applicable for those starting or renewing a Full Time
Reserve Service commitment /contract from 6 April 2005 and Serving
members of FTRSPS 97 were given the opportunity to transfer to RFPS 05 by
6 April 2006.
AFPS 05 and RFPS05 deferred pension members should claim their pensions
from Veterans UK at age 65.

Further information is available Click Here